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After New Jersey Train Crash, Transit Regulators Targeting Sleep Apnea

Federal regulators want railroads across the country to test train operators for a sleep disorder. The safety advisory being issued this week by the Federal Railroad Administration comes after the engineer in September’s deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was …

Judge Approves $265M Settlement in 2015 Pennsylvania Amtrak Derailment

A U.S. federal judge on Thursday approved a $265 million settlement over an Amtrak passenger train crash in Philadelphia in 2015 that killed eight people and injured about 200 others, court records showed. The settlement ordered by U.S. District Court …

Florida to Put Fences Around Train Tracks After Fatal Crashes

The Florida Department of Transportation says it is planning to install fences around train tracks to avoid more fatal crashes. The Orlando Sentinel reports about $300,000 will go toward the fencing project that will install 6-foot chain-link fences. Steve Olson, …

Transport Company Updates Public on West Virginia Oil Train Crash Cleanup

CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said last week. The company held a public informational meeting that drew a sparse turnout July 21 at the Glen …

NTSB Faults Parade Plans in Fatal Texas Train Collision

The lack of safety planning by parade organizers and the city of Midland, Texas, has been faulted by federal investigators in an accident in November 2012 in which a freight train rammed a tractor-trailer truck towing a parade float with …

Judge Orders Settlements in D.C. Metrorail Crash Unsealed

A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of settlement agreements involving a deadly Metrorail crash. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton says the 2009 Red Line crash, which killed nine people, represents “a matter of significant public concern” and that the …

Cleanup Underway At Derailment Site in Louisiana

About 100 homes remained evacuated as officials worked to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment in Louisiana near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge. State police said crews were working to …

West Texas Town Begins Recovery After Deadly Train Crash

Two days after a train suddenly plowed into a parade float, killing four war veterans, the city of Midland, investigators and the victims’ families began what likely will be a long, painful recovery. The truck that served as the parade …

NTSB Says Trains not Speeding Before Oklahoma Wreck

The National Transportation Safety Board says trains that collided head-on last month in the Oklahoma Panhandle weren’t speeding at the time of the wreck. Three Union Pacific employees died in the June 24 accident near Goodwell. Another worker jumped to …

NTSB: Why Didn’t Train Wait Before Oklahoma Crash?

Federal investigators want to know why a freight train streaking across the Oklahoma Panhandle failed to pull into a side track and instead charged down the main line and collided head-on with another train approaching from the opposite direction. Three …